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South of Nick's Mexican Kitchen + Bar

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
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110 North El Camino Real, Corner of Ave Del Mar, San Clemente, CA
+1 949-481-4545
10:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Laguna Beach, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

From the time we walked into the restaurant, the service was just great. We did not have a reservation so we the sat at the bar for a drink. We were told the wait would be 30-45 minutes, and in 20 minutes our table was ready. The Hostess escorted us to our table and the bartender brought over our drinks.... More 

Thank FrankieYankee77
Tacoma, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a great experience for dinner last night - fantastic food and attentive wait staff - only downside was very loud atmosphere so you've been warned! Excellent margaritas and tequila selection too

Thank Mike W
San Clemente
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Food is very good with many choices between traditional and new style Mexican. Fresh and innovative cocktails. Restaurant staff is well trained and it shows. Manager always present. Beautiful atmosphere; very clean and well maintained. Difficult to get a table without reservations. Restaurant is very busy most days and nights so not a great choice for last minute eating.

Thank deborahhV6737HJ
Los Angeles, California
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Flavorful food with excellent service and reasonable price.Easy parking and located near Delmar street with plenty of shops

Thank cruisequeen1947
San Clemente, California
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Nick knows how to create the perfect restaurant. This is the absolute best "Mexican" restaurant I have ever enjoyed. It is upscale in appearance and style. Great local beer and wine selection. The service is excellent and they even remember us! Best of all, it's at a very reasonable price.

Thank Gene R
San Clemente, California
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Love South of Nicks. The food is great and the place is always busy. The parking sucks but so does all parking in beach cities. Lol the only thing I would like to see change would be better deals on drinks. They have some great specialty cocktails but such small glasses. 5 stars for the food but took away a... More 

Thank alicialeigh26
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great food and drinks every time. Many items are shareable. Always busy, so plan ahead. Parking can be difficult.

Thank pjnickel
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50 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Walked in for lunch and the place was full. Had a short wait and quickly had a table in the bar. It is a little pricey but quality food and very nice place. Service was outstanding. This place should teach service to other restaurants.

Thank bclg
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65 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the road the location appears to be convenient (with free customer parking around the corner) although nothing particularly special- once you step inside though you will notice a beautifully designed series of rooms together with a hustling bar, open kitchen, and fun yet classy environment. The food and drink menus are leaning towards Mexican "classics" and all are very... More 

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Santa Barbara, California, USA
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78 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had dinner here last night and the expected quality is still here. We had great service and our dishes were of high quality and nice and spicy. I would also brag on their margaritas which had plenty of depth. This place cares about their product and the attention of the staff and the follow up make it very clear... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$35
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 110 North El Camino Real, Corner of Ave Del Mar, San Clemente, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Clemente
  • Phone Number: +1 949-481-4545
"Southern California Mexican" Featuring Prime steaks, seafood, and Mexican favorites. An Orange County favorite for Mexican dining.

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Dana Point, California
Pauma Valley, California, United States
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Laguna Niguel, California
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San Clemente, California, United States

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?